June 2017                         Monthly Newsletter
Issue 5
To educate all students to succeed by insuring quality leadership, curriculum, and instruction.
Ms. Norris Awarded the Charles E. Laking
Outstanding Teacher Award 
Congratulations to Ms. Tammy Norris,  2017 recipient of the Charles E. Lakin Outstanding Teacher Award!  Ms. Norris teaches 7th & 8th grade math at the middle school and was recognized as an extraordinary teacher. She has dedicated 28 years to Clarinda Community Schools and is known for going above and beyond to help students succeed. KMA and Charles E. Lakin family members presented the award to Ms. Norris accompanied with a $10,000 check. The middle school was also presented with a check for $2,500.  We are fortunate to have such great staff!
Congratulations  2017 Graduates
Congratulations to the class of 2017 on their academic achievement.  We wish them well on their future endeavors and look forward to their continued support of Clarinda Community Schools.  Every grad a CARDINAL!
Summer Meals.....Clarinda Middle School
Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture partners with local organizations like the Clarinda Community School District, to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer. Anyone 18 or younger may come and enjoy a free meal.  

The district will provide free meals to children during the summer.
  • Clarinda Middle School Cafeteria
  • Monday-Friday from 11:30-12:30
If you would like to volunteer or donate to the Summer Meal Program or have any questions, please contact Joyce Johansen, Food Service Director at 712-542-5167 for more information.  
High School Band Receives Highest Honors

The Clarinda High School Band performing at the 90th Annual Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference.

The Clarinda High School Band, under the direction of Courtney Sommer, has achieved the highest honor of any 2A concert band in the state of Iowa.  On May 12, 2017, the band performed for nearly 400 band directors, parents, friends, and Clarinda faculty at the 90th Annual Iowa Bandmasters Association (IBA) Conference.  The band performed a fifty-minute concert with pieces by Sousa, Grainger, Ticheli, Giroux, de Haan, Markowski and Hazo on the program.  The audience appreciated the level of musicianship and maturity of sound created by the band and made their appreciation known by the lengthy standing ovation at the conclusion of the performance. 

IBA highlights one band in each class (1A, 2A, 3A, 4A) at the annual conference as a way to promote music education through performance.  Directors from across the state attend these concerts and look at them from an educational standpoint.  Many directors look at ways to improve repertoire selection, instrumentation, ensemble characteristics, percussion technique etc.  These performances play a vital role in the success of IBA and the conference.

The band has been dedicated to improving their skill and developing a tradition of excellence.  The Clarinda Band program is recognized throughout the state as having a detail-oriented rigorous curriculum from the beginning band program through the high school program.  Marty Aldrich and Courtney Sommer will be presenting next year at the 2018 IBA conference on beginning band philosophy.  

Consider School Board Service

Public schools need strong leadership and governance to ensure a bright future for all children. Nominations for two open seats (At Large) can be filed between Monday, July 10 and Thursday, August 3, at 5 p.m. School board elections will take place on Tuesday, September 12.

Strong leadership in our school district is critical to moving education forward in our school, community, and state. School board members play a significant role in our community – they must have leadership, vision and dedication. These locally elected public officials are charged with accountability for student learning, determining educational goals, setting policy, overseeing school finances and more.

School board members are elected to serve four-year terms, with elections taking place in odd-numbered years. While there is no pay, experienced school board members say the rewards of service lie in meeting the needs of children and communities.  Nomination papers for school board seats are available from the school board secretary, Cindy VanFosson at the Central Office. School board candidates must obtain 44 signatures from qualified electors in the district.  Please contact Superintendent Stender, 712-542-5165, with any questions.

REMINDER: First Day of School is August 23rd

Clarinda Schools will resume on Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017.

Enjoy your summer break!

Elementary Winter Music Survey
Dear Garfield Parents/Guardians,  

Please complete this one question survey to help us determine the most convenient time to host the elementary winter music programs.  Your responses are completely anonymous and the survey should take approximately two minutes to complete.  

Thank you for your participation and making Clarinda Community Schools the pride of our community!  Please click here to complete the survey.

Clarinda Community School District
423 East Nodaway
Clarinda, Iowa 51632
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